VCU 68, Wichita St. 67

Joey Rodriguez made two free throws with 0.8 seconds remaining

to send Virginia Commonwealth over Wichita State 68-67 in a

BracketBusters game Friday night.

The Shockers’ David Kyles got off a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but

it rattled in and out.

Bradford Burgess scored 17 and Rodriguez added 15 for the Rams

(21-8), who earned a victory to help their NCAA tournament at-large


Joe Ragland’s 15 points could not keep Wichita State (22-6) from

its fourth home loss.

Wichita State went on a methodical 8-0 run over a six-minute

span, taking a 61-59 lead with 4:27 remaining and setting up the

late drama. The teams traded lead-changing baskets before Brandon

Rozzell’s 3-pointer with 1:22 left gave the Rams a 65-63 advantage.

They led until Ragland made two free throws with 4.9 seconds to

play for a 67-66 Shockers lead.

Virginia Commonwealth was 9 of 21 from 3-point range.